LYNN BYK is a graduate of Colorado Christian University and the Denver Paralegal Institute. She first wrote MISTER B: LIVING WITH A 98-YEAR-OLD ROCKET SCIENTIST from her experience of caring for her father-in-law. Her curiosity continues in ELSIE FINCH, as she searches out multi-generational values, loyalties, needs, and duties. These community attributes are again addressed in different circumstances and with vastly different personalities.
This author is a five-star Readers’ Favorite Author.
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In BYK’s narrative of ELSIE FINCH, Lynn Byk explores what causes family animosity, why we need to belong, and what constitutes safety, and she questions whether faith or the object of faith can make a difference in the outcome of a person’s life regardless of intellect or talent.
Lynn Byk also asks herself the supreme question of whether it is better to raise practical boundaries against those who habitually abuse you or to continue self-sacrificing with forbearance.
Blessed are the engineers who give us some answers to life’s little perplexities!
This is the #1 Best Selling, Pinnacle Award Recipient. Mister B’s jaunty calculating rhythm offers timely subject matter. Mister B’s prove he could care less about being politically correct. That’s not Mister B’s style.
With middle-age couched between quirky days and minutes of kindness, MISTER B’s confessions roll from the earliest days of aerospace engineering in Alabama through World War II and the Cold War secrecy. So, how will life unfold when a chauffeur-cook decides to move into the home of this self-centered, 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist… will she really lend aid?
Can these multi-generational housemates discover why they still matter? Find out now, for a celebration of full life.
PRAISE FOR MISTER B:
“Wow! What an amazing, delightful book!
“A first-class example of a man from the Greatest Generation. We see almost of a century of tremendous mechanical and technological changes through the eyes of – literally – a rocket scientist.” – Christine
“…Byk fully constructs Mister B from the Rhode Island coastal awe in his voice to his penchant for mustard on a peeled egg. In these small, perfectly executed moments, Byk brings her fascinating family to life for readers with warm and genuinely funny wit…” – KIRKUS
“A wonderful book, brimming with humor and spirituality. The characters are lovingly drawn and Byk provides her readers with a day-by-day recounting of how her life intersects with the indefatigable Mister B, whose memory seems almost photographic even at the age of 98! The book is enlivened by photographs from early-to-middle twentieth century America. A very worthwhile multi-generational read.” -Jan Kalickion
If you like Jimmy Stewart in No Highway in the Sky, (Nevil Shute) or The Millionaire Next Door, or Hidden Figures, you will love Mister B. – Tim Truong
Mister B springs from earthbound corners in rope-tied-baggy pants, into a self-made man who learns to defy gravity. Born in 1916, Joseph Byk, the Rhode Island son of Polish immigrants, charms the bejeebers out of the Greatest Generation, World War II, and the Cold War. In 2013, an old man’s new companion begins to journal Mister B’s bygone era. His family ideals confront the independence of a younger generation as he reveals a lifetime of secrets.
“Who is helping whom?” is the million-dollar question. This instructive and comedic memoir of story shorts on aging offers historic photographs. It can be found in the grumpy ol’ men’s section at your local bookstore.
Living with a 98-Year-Old Rocket Scientist inspires us to learn from history and science and to give a little more to multi-generational relationships.
Like The Life We Bury, Red Mountain, a novel; Where the Crawdads Sing; Sold on a Monday; Little Boot; Before We Were Yours.
There’s a filigree setting for every family secret.
Richard and Gail Finch designed their estate to carry consequences for mistaken loyalties over a lifetime, but there are consequences neither one bargained for. When the third generation aims for a cache of treasure, someone is expendable.
What Elsie covets is the truth. Risking it all, she unfolds her parents’ legacy to reveal the spoiling and calculated detachments. Then her father dies leaving her sister alone in a dilapidated house with recorded notebooks to decipher.
Untying the family Finch saga with Mother’s blistering tales, Elsie’s own timeline helps them unravel layers of animosity and motives for the punishments that created full-blown personality disorders. Richardson and Gail’s unscrupulous affections span the geography of San Francisco Bay, Phoenix Arizona, Oklahoma City, and finally slip into the shadow of the Rockies. Will someone pay for the past? Who wins in this long game, and what remains?
A certain poetry transforms Elsie’s stages of grief when redemption is offered only to the very brave.
Praise for Elsie Finch
“…brave and startlingly candid; Elsie Finch is lodged in my heart of hearts…Her character manages to explore the darker side of human foibles–while at the same time weaving in a bright thread of hope.” – Kathy Hoffner, Editor
“ELSIE FINCH helps us remember that every family member has a unique point of view. I relate to each of them and believe in what turned them as they are, one way or the other.” – Sandy Fisher, S.A. Writing Coach
“Puns for chapter headings was a surprise. The puzzle at each new segment, such as ‘Small Matters’, called me into a moral inventory of my own ‘small matters’.” – L.B.W.
Like THE GLASS HOUSE, ELSIE FINCH recreates a three-generational narrative of an American family blending intimacy and loyalty with a parent who, failing in marital intimacy, lives vicariously through a favored child.
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